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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Catholic University is an above-average private, Catholic university located in Washington, D.C. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,194 undergraduate students. The Catholic University acceptance rate is 83%. Popular majors include Nursing, Political Science and Government, and Psychology. Graduating 74% of students, Catholic University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,100.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Website

Catholic University of America Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1020-1230
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$35,214/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,577/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,194Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
121
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Vineyard vines, sperrys, and Church
    25%
  • Preppy, motivated, career-oriented, smart
    17%
  • All of the above
    11%
  • Preppy, drunk, attractive, smart, white, southern
    8%
  • These are great. BOTH. not the sharpest, but in VV
    8%
  • Not the sharpest tack in the box
    6%
  • Devoted to studies and multiple interests
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
61%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.71 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.72 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Good classes, pretty campus, expensive
    26%
  • Strong sense of community.
    24%
  • Expensive, boring but beautiful.
    18%
  • Great community, beautiful campus, great programs
    12%
  • Underrated
    9%
  • Weeding out the weak
    6%
  • Attempted dorm confessions on thirsty thursdays
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.33 responses
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I am currently in my last year at Catholic University of America, and I am very happy I chose this school to pursue my MSW at. The curriculum is easy to understand. The online learning option is perfect for me as I do not live near the campus. I really enjoy being able to carry on with the rest of my life while still being able to participate in class work, and an education through this wonderful school! I would recommend Catholic University of America to anyone and everyone interested in pursuing graduate studies for social work. Great Place to attend!
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Professors in the Philosophy Dept. are not very friendly, supportive, or approachable, but there are a few exceptions. The department is quite large. The professors teach only one graduate course per school year, so it is difficult to get to know them. The grad students are young (22-25) and come from colleges like TAC and Christendom. I'm not a fan of those kinds of schools, but if you are, you might like the other students more than I do. The stipend (18k) is nowhere near the cost of living in DC, so you'll need to work or take out loans. The program's focus is on the study of classic philosophical texts, which is good in that you'll study real philosophers like Plato & Aristotle, but bad in that there is often a heavy emphasis on exegesis, which is more appropriate for a classics department than a philosophy department. There are lots of requirements in this program and the administration makes it difficult to accomplish them in a timely manner. Expect to spend 9-10 years here.
I love it! Campus food is going to be improved by 2020 when the new dining hall opens. My favorite thing about Catholic is all of the community service opportunities. Everyday there is a way to get involved with the community and help people. The education pushes you to have to work hard. It’s a very traditional education which was hard for me at first but I like the challenge. Also there are so many internship opportunities available in the city. Every night of the week there are networking events. It’s just an overall great school with serious students.